Local Calendar 3/13/13 Good Food Festival Is Front And Center This Week

March 13, 2013 at 10:29 am

Ground Zero for the sustainable food world in the midwest will be the Good Food Festival at  the UIC Pavilion from Thursday through Saturday. Check the calendar below for all the details, Rob Gardner will be on two panels, Friday morning at 10:45am, “The Future of CSA”, and he will be moderating the Sandor Katz  session, “The Art of Fermentation”, on Saturday morning. Associate Beet Editor Wendy Aeschlimann will be moderating the panel on Sat. 1:45pm ” Is a CSA Right For You?”. I am particularly looking forward to The Kimchi Challenge, what are you looking forward to?

Treasure Island (680 Lake Shore Drive) has a sign in their window indicating that they now offer Tallgrass Grass Fed beef. To me, this is one more indication that sustainable food, grass fed beef for example, is making its way into the mainstream. With Easter around the corner, eggs have been on my mind, and the ones above from Kinninkinnick, which sell out sometimes in a hour from the opening of the market, just exuded an incredible, healthy, can I say “holiday” glow!

We try to keep up on events but miss some, some sites to check out for further detail on sustainable food/urban ag are the Illinois Stewardship Alliance out of Springfield and the Advocates for Urban Agriculture here in Chicago as well as WeFarmAmerica which has tons of weekly events. The Peterson Garden Project has lots of information and workshops for the urban gardner, Matt Kirouac described their Victory Garden they are showcasing at The Chicago Flower and Garden Show. Now on to the very busy week ahead for the urban aggie and the local foodie.

March 13

*****!!!! Chicago/Springfield – Local Foods Awareness Day Sponsored by Illinois Stewardship Alliance Jessica Fujan from Food and Water Watch will be leading a group from Chicago to participate in advocacy for the GE Labeling Bill, you don’t have to worry about not being prepared, they will train you as well. Here is all the information.

Chicago - Soup and Bread at The Hideout - 1354 W. Wabansia  5:30pm -8pm This week our theme is “Noodles, Dumplings, and Kreplach: Oh My!” Perhaps self-explanatory, but just to be clear, this is the moment for soups that showcase all things starchy and doughy. Our cooks include Erin Drain, Gillian McLennan, Laura Rodriguez, Chicago Writers Conference founder Mare Swallow, writer Maggie Kast, Vera chef and co-owner Mark Mendez, University of Chicago chef Katherine August, and the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Sarah Dandelles. Bread donated by Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Our DJ is Lady J — and this week’s pay-what-you-can donations benefit Benton House, in Bridgeport.

March 14

Chicago - 4 Season Gardener Hoop House Workshop – WeFarmAmerica 6pm Green Exchange 2545 West Diversey $15 Reserve here

Chicago - The Good Food Festival Starts Good Food Financing Fair 9am – 6pm UIC Forum

Chicago – Uptown Market Uptown Farmers’ Market is year round. Every Thursday from 7-1 inside Weiss Memorial Hospital or in the parking lot during the warmer months. 4646 N Marine Drive This is an appropriate day to stock up on Spark of the Heart Soups.

March 15

Chicago - The Good Food Festival Trade Show, School Food and Policy Summit 9am – 6pm 10:45am Rob Gardner will be on a panel, “The Future of CSA’s” Experienced CSA providers will examine how to grow demand in a quickly changing local food landscape. Besides Rob this session incudes, Dela Ends, FairShare and Scotch Hill Farms, Karen Warner, Big Head Farm, Dominic Green, The Gentleman Farmer, Jennifer Borchardt, Harvest Moon Farms, Julia McDonald, Peasants’ Plot and it will be moderated by Jenny Meyer, Angelic Organics Learning Center

Chicago - The Good Food Festival Localicious 7pm – 9:30pm UIC Forum

March 16

Chicago – 9am – 12pm The Good Food Festival The Art of Fermentation with Sandor Katz Rob Gardner will be facilitating this workshop. 12:30pm – 1:45pm “Is a CSA Right For You?” Lead by Associate Beet Editor and the author of the 2013 Local Beet CSA Guide, Wendy Aeschlimann. Jenny Borschardt Harvest Moon Farms, Kim Marsin Sweet Home Organics, Jody Osmund, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farms. The  KIMCHI challenge, chef demonstrations and more!!!!

Chicago – Green City Market at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 8:30- 1pm 2430 North Cannon Drive The market runs indoors through April 27th Bring your children to Club Sprouts at 9:30 – 10:15am.

Elgin - Winter Market at Habitat for Humanity ReStore Elgin - 800 North State St. 9am – 3pm (thru May) Their mantra is “Keepin It Local1″ As such, their intention has always been to supply the local community with local products and crafts.

Evanston – Winter Evanston Farmer and Artisan Market at the Ecology Center  9-1pm 2024 McCormick Blvd.  The market will be at this location for the next 5 months, today and every Saturday through April 27, 2013. Spark of the Heart Soups and C & D Family Farms will be there

La Fox – Heritage Prairie Saturday Farmer’s Market  9am – 1pm 2N308 Brundige Road

Medora, IN – National Maple Syrup Festival – Burton’s Maplewood Farm

Oak Park – Wettstein Organic Farm Buzz Cafe 12pm – 3pm Beef, pork and eggs

Oak Park – Faith In Place Winter Markets Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church 405 South Euclid 9am – 1pm

March 17

Andersonville – Andersonville Farmers Market – 11am – 2pm Swedish American Museum 5211 North Clark

Chicago – Logan Square Winter Market – 10-2pm Congress Theater Lobby 2135 North Milwaukee

Palatine – Faith In Place Winter Market Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist 10am – 2pm 1025 N. Smith St.

March 18

Chicago - Worm Composting Workshop WeFarmAmerica 5:30pm – 7:30pm Green Exchange 2545 West Diversey $25 Reserve here

March 19

Chicago - Gluten-Free Baking WeFarmAmerica 6:30pm – 8pm The Kids Table 2337 West North Avenue $30 Reserve here


March 21

Chicago – Green Cleaning Basics WeFarmAmerica The Green Exchange 2545 West Diversey $20 Reserve here

March 23-24

Grand Rapids, MI - Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition - The Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association, a not for profit organization formed to showcase and promote the art of apple and pear fermentation beverages and provide related educational opportunities, is the sponsor of this competition taking place at the Courtyard by Marriot in downtown Grand Rapids.

March 23

Chicago – Food The Nature of Eating exhibit opens at The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

FD!! Kempton, Il - Mint Creek Farm Tour and Dinner - 3pm : Meet the tour group at Greenhouse Bed and Breakfast and join farmer Harry Carr for a tour of Mint Creek Farm.  There will be plenty of time to visit all the animals living on the 200+ acre farm including cows, chickens, pigs, sheep and goats.  Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather. There are many, many baby lambs and goats waiting to meet you in the coverall building where it is nice and warm.  Dinner: We will head back to the Greenhouse bed and breakfast for a beautiful dinner and a recap of the tour. You can find the menu on our website. $60 See the 3 minute short film on Farmer Harry Carr by Storybuzzmedia here.

Michigan City, Indiana – Wine Tasting by Candlelight – Road trip to Michigan City for a local wine event sponsored by the Tryon Farm Institute. 7:30pm – 10:00pm Shady Creek Winery 2030 Tryon Rd. Celebrate Earth Hour in style.

March 28

Chicago - City Chicks WeFarmAmerica Urban Homesteading in Chicago Chicks in the City 6pm Green Exchange 2545 West Diversey $20 Reserve here

March 30

Chicago - Bee Keeping Class Chicago Honey Co-op - Jane Addams Hull House 10am – 3pm $75

April 4-7

Chicago - Fete Chicago - A 3 day celebration of food and design Grubstreet Chicago has all the details.

April 20

Chicago - Pinot Days  Navy Pier 2-5pm

Chicago - Red Meat Market Spring Lamb Butcher Class - With Ben Harrison Master Butcher Whole Foods Lincoln Park and a cooking class with Ryan Hutmacher of Centered Chef Studios. 10am – 1pm 177 North Ada Learn, eat and take some some good meat! $150

April 26

Chicago - Whiskyfest It sold out pretty darn quickly last year!! Better get your tickets now!

April 27

Chicago - Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival w/@pastoralchicago. Meet+eat+shop w/ 90+ culinary producers. Event is FREE

April 28

Chicago - Michael Pollan lecture at Elmhurst College  “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation”


These stores specialize in local foods:

Artisanal Wilmette – 414 Linden Ave. Wilmette

Butcher and Larder 1026 North Milwaukee in Noble Square, Chicago

Dill Pickle Food Co-op – 3039 West Fullerton, Chicago

Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op - Located in the near-SW Pilsen neighborhood, the co-op has grown to five locations in, including Hyde Park, River North, Lakeview, and Logan Square

Green Grocer 1402 West Grand Ave in West Town Check out their produce share January 9th through May 4th. You can still subscribe even though the share has started already.

Marion Street Cheese Market 100 South Marion St. Oak Park

Provenance Food & Wine - 2 locations Logan Square 2528 N. California Lincoln Square 2312 W. Leland Ave.

Publican Quality Meats – 835 W. Fulton, Chicago

Sauce and Bread Kitchen - 6338-40 N. Clark, Chicago

Standard Market – 333 East Ogden Ave., Westmont